Prague & Beyond

Trip Start Jul 18, 2010
Trip End Aug 07, 2010

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Petra's House

Flag of Czech Republic  , Jihočeský Kraj,
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ahoj! (Pronounce: "ahoy", Means: hello, goodbye) Things are going quite well here on Day 2. Let me take you through it. Shall we...?
I woke up, the sun was shining through the bedroom window. I checked my iPod for the time - 11-something in the morning. Much later than my usual, but fine seeing as though Petra was still sleeping. So I got up, dressed, etc, as quietly as I could & tried to keep myself occupied. Facebook, took some pictures, then decided to read. As I was laying in bed (reading), I realized: my iPod does not automatically update to the local time, like my phone does! ::mental facepalm:: So really I had gotten up at 4-something in the morning. Ya, I should probably try to get more sleep so I don't crash super early, I thought. So I did. And when I awoke for the second time, I noticed that I was the last one up! >.< Whatever. 
We ate some breakfast - various breads with butter and/or delicious (& homemade by Petra's aunt, maybe?) apricot jam. Mmmm... And some milk. :) When both our stomachs & our bags were full, we headed out to Prague, or, more specifically, Prague Castle. We made our way down streets, passing gorgeous buildings, until we reached St. Vitus' Cathedral, which is located in the center of Prague Castle. It is, without a doubt, the most beautiful building I've ever seen in person, & it most certainly will be a hard one to beat! Unfortunately we couldn't make it inside due to an EXTREMELY long line, but it was enough just to be able to walk around it and see the surrounding buildings. Also, not far from the cathedral, was a very nice veiw of the city. (Don't worry, I won't tease you with words, alone. Pictures will be uploaded once I'm done writing tonight.) Down one of the roads (in Prague Castle?), we stopped to buy some water (mmm, mineral water ^^) - and a special ice cream treat! It is one of Petra's favorites, & once I had it, it was easy to see why. It was like your typical vanilla ice cream on a popsicle stick & covered in chocolate - only it wasn't vanilla flavored ice cream. It was cream cheese flavored. And it was. sooo. good. P: After a while of more walking, it was about time for lunch, & the hunt was on. At first, we were going to go to Petra's favorite pub, but we were disappointed to find out that the restaraunt was no longer there. :( So then we were going to get some pizza! Or not... Hm, where to eat where we don't feel like our stomachs are full at the expense of our wallets' dramatic slimming? Ah, Sphinx! Apparently, it was an egyptian place, but how could I tell, I've never been to Egypt &, heck, I'm in Czech! Anywho, I got a meal consisting of chicken with some sort of AMAZING sauce, rice that was ok, & HUGE in portion, & what they called "native salad" or something like that. It was coleslaw. But good! And a slice of a tomato on top...? Ok, I can do that. ;) We were also served bread, which resembled pita bread. It was delicious and came with 3 different dipping sauces. One that looked like ranch but was actually some sort of garlic sauce, a second that looked & tasted pretty much like a muted, creamier, thousand island dressing, & a third which they said was marinara, but was different from ours in that it was spicer, a bit thinner, but not much, and almost sweeter. (In short, better than ours.) I had water with my meal & was actually disappointed when I found out it was not mineral water! (lol) After lunch, we walked/bussed over to the underground Metra. What an experience! I thought it was really neat. :) First of all, the escalators bringing you down to the train was sooo long! I mean, pretty obvious - you have to go under the city, duh! (We even went under the river! :O ) But still, when the do is either in an air port or at the mall, like was long. And cool. :) There was a wind that rushed up the tunnel of the escalators that added to the whole experience. And the texture walls were slanted in the same angle, so it made you feel like you were going to fall! Anyway, the train itself was fun, too. :) (Which we actually had to take back to Petra's aunt's house to get our stuff, & from there we drove to Petra's.) The ride wasn't very long, but I was (we were) very tired & I decided to take this opportunity to nap. :) 
Entering Český Krumlov was so neat. :) Again, the houses... ^^ Can you tell I'm in my element? ;) We settled in, & I started typing! But at last, I am done. That has been my WONDERFUL day. Now - pictures.....

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Beautiful pictures Kari, thank you! Really looks like a nice place and so glad to see you enjoying your self. I thank God for watching over you and I miss you. Keep the pictures and entries coming, I love your commentary.

JillianL on

Great blog and pictures! Sounds Like a blast!

debsmy on

The pictures are great Kari....Hope you are having fun....DEBBI

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